It’s that time of the year again: the Partnership for Public Service announced today that nominations are open for the 2012 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America medals. Nominations may be submitted through January 18, 2012.
Nine medals, including the top Federal Employee of the Year medal, will be awarded to outstanding federal employees who have made significant contributions based on three main criteria: on-the-job innovation, commitment to public service and impact of their work on addressing the needs of the nation.
Medal categories include Call to Service, Career Achievement, Homeland Security, Justice and Law Enforcement, and other categories related to specific government fields. All career civilian federal employees are eligible, and anyone may submit a nomination. The awards are accompanied by cash prizes ranging from $3,000 to $10,000.
Previous medalists range from the IRS employee responsible for the eFile system that gets millions their tax refunds in as few as 10 days, to two NIH scientists whose discoveries led to new cervical cancer vaccines.
To learn more or to submit nominations, visit servicetoamericamedals.org.